The lighting design outdoor for the Pavilion UniCredit, – a project by Michele De Lucchi in the new Porta Nuova district of Milan, starts from energy saving: the amount of energy absorbed by the entire system is the same as the one consumed by a hair dryer, an iron and a washing machine, and the result is a magical and fascinating atmosphere.
The lighting design project for the Pavilion and the surrounding area, designed by Alexander Bellman and Gruppo C14, was inspired by the propagation of a wave: the light diffuses and progressively widens, marked by the punctual beams of the lampposts. The work on shadows, as well as the work on light, was fundamental here – as Bellman himself points out: “At night, the expressive power of an architecture increases, becomes more intense and draws itself in a surreal and abstract way. There are no similar night spots in Milan, where the contrasts between light and shadow arise from such a determined and precise desire. De Lucchi’s Pavilion, the architectural object with a changing surface, transparent and opaque at the same time, is the emotional and visual reference point of a carefully planned area.
The figures of the project are also interesting: 3,000 fixtures for 30 different types of lights, 8,100 hours of calculation, 786 meters of linear light, over 30,000 meters of wire.